Big house proposed for vacant lot on North Broadway
SARATOGA SPRINGS The Saratoga Springs Design Review Commission is looking favorably on the construction of a 4,000-square-foot single-family home on an empty lot on North Broadway.
John Dandolph is planning to build a home on the west side of North Broadway between 581 N. Broadway and 595 N. Broadway.
Susan L. Davis of SD Atelier Architecture said the two-story home will have a “traditional and classic” look that will fit in with the stately homes along North Broadway.
Many of the trees on the property will be retained. The home will have a wrap-around porch on the first floor. The outside will be covered with a combination of natural stone and cedar shakes siding in earth tones such as gray and green, Davis said at Wednesday’s Design Review Commission in Saratoga Springs City Hall.
The owner was seeking the commission’s approval on the mass and scale of the building. The commission reviews all new construction in the city’s historic districts, such as North Broadway.
Steven Rowland, commission chairman, and other commission members said they liked the way the proposed home fit on the lot. Davis had a small-scale model of the home set on the lot with trees around it.
The commission approved the mass of scale of the home, but Davis will have to return with samples of the stone and siding that will be used on the home before final approval will be considered.
Sara Bosshart, executive director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, said the foundation is pleased with the home’s design, scale and setback, which keeps the house in line with the other homes nearby.
Davis said Dandolph is still considering the final details for the single-family home. A driveway to the home would be situated just south of the home and be accessed off North Broadway. Davis said there are no plans to connect the driveway to an extension of Long Alley that runs behind the home.
Dandolph is the president of the Momentive Performance Materials’ silicones and quartz division, which is based in Colonie. This division operates the Momentive silicones plant in Waterford that was formerly owned by General Electric Co.
Records on file with the Saratoga County Clerk’s office indicate that Dandolph purchased the vacant lot in August for $330,000 from Linda Hellmich and the Linda Hellmich Revocable Trust.
The development of a vacant lot in this part of North Broadway became a legal issue in 2003 when neighbors went to court in an attempt to overturn the subdivision of 581 and 585 N. Broadway because they were afraid the property owner would build two, two-family homes on the lots. The courts upheld the Planning Board’s approval of the property subdivision but the two-family homes were never built.
In other business:
* The commission reviewed and approved plans to renovate the Algonquin apartment building at 510 Broadway by owner Saratoga Algonquin LLC. Architect Michael Tuck said Bonacio Construction of Saratoga Springs will do the renovation work, which will include removing exterior fire escapes from portions of the building and roof repairs and improvements.
“This will be a huge improvement to a great building,” Rowland said.
* Plans to open the Chocolate Mill at 382 Broadway by Frank Vollkommer of Glens Falls were approved.
Vollkommer operates the Chocolate Mill on Glen Street in Glens Falls and wants to open a similar eatery in downtown Saratoga Springs. The commission discussed the type of awning that will be used as well as the colors of paint that will be used (chocolate brown) on the sign and exterior of the cafe.
Vollkommer said Johnny’s Ice Cream had been at 382 Broadway but has closed and he will be able to furnish and equip the location in a relatively short time. He wants to open for business by Dec. 10.
* The commission declared that the final environmental impact statement for the proposed demolition of 66 Franklin St. by owner Joseph Boff is complete. The commission must declare the FEIS complete before it makes a decision whether the historic home built in the 1870s can be demolished.
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation has been urging Boff to sell the home to someone who is willing to renovate and save it. The issue will be discussed again at the commission’s Dec. 5 meeting.